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Coaches and athletes can look to Tapering and Peaking for Optimal Performance to learn the tested strategies of 16 Olympic and world champion athletes and coaches. These strategies have enabled athletes like Jason Queally, José Maria Olazabal, and Simon Fairweather to bring home the highest honors in international sports35 gold, 25 silver, and 15 bronze medals at world championships and Olympic Games, plus numerous national and international titles and awards. Bob Bowman (Michael Phelps' personal coach) and many other internationally celebrated instructors and trainers contribute their expertise on managing training time and intensity to ensure the best possible competitive performance.
Tapering and Peaking for Optimal Performance offers tactics for individual endurance sports, power and sprint events, and precision sports, allowing for sport-specific approaches for swimmers, triathletes, cyclists, gymnasts, archers, golfers, and many others. Plus, team sport strategies for field hockey, rugby, and water polo address the challenges and nuances of tapering and peaking as a team for both regular-season and tournament play.
Athletes and coaches can also explore the science behind the mental and physical performance boosts of a well-designed taper. Psychological training tips, training modifications, and suggestions for designing tapering programs give coaches and athletes the tools to peak for optimal performance when it counts.
Iñigo Mujika, PhD, is a lecturer in the department of physiology, faculty of medicine and odontology, at the University of the Basque Country in Leioa, Spain. Previously, Mujika was also the head of the department of research and development at the Spanish professional football team Athletic Club Bilbao. As a researcher, sport science practitioner, and coach, Mujika is widely considered one of the most respected experts on tapering and peaking for optimal performance.
Since 1992, Mujika has been devoted to the research of tapering and peaking for sport performance. He has published over 20 peer-reviewed scientific articles, 6 book chapters, and 10 other publications on tapering-related issues. He has also presented nearly 70 lectures on tapering at conferences and seminars worldwide.
As a sport physiologist, Mujika works closely with elite athletes and coaches in a variety of individual and team sports. From 2003 to 2004, Mujika was senior physiologist at the Australian Institute of Sport. In 2005, he worked as physiologist and trainer of the professional road bicycle racing team Euskaltel Euskadi. He is also a coach of world-class triathletes, having coached Olympians Ainhoa Murua (Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008) and Eneko Llanos (Athens 2004).
Mujika is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and serves as associate editor of the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. He holds a doctoral degree in biology of muscular exercise (1995) from the University of Saint-Etienne in France and a second doctorate in physical activity and sport sciences (1999) along with an Extraordinary Doctorate Award from the University of the Basque Country in Spain. In 2002 and 2007 he received the National Award for Sport Medicine Research from the University of Oviedo in Spain. He has also received two awards for his work with triathletes: Best Coach of Female Athlete (2006) from the Spanish Triathlon Federation and the High Performance Basque Sport Award (2007) from the Basque Sport Foundation.
Fluent in four languages (Basque, English, French, and Spanish), Mujika has lived in California, France, South Africa, and Australia. He currently resides in the Basque Country, Spain. Mujika enjoys surfing, cycling, swimming, strength training, and hiking, as well as cinema and traveling.
In Tapering and Peaking for Optimal Performance, competitive athletes will finally find the scientific answers to all their practical questions about tapering. This book will provide a substantial advantage to coaches and athletes."
Professor Tim Noakes
MBChB, MD, DSc, FACSM
Author of Lore of Running
"Tapering and Peaking for Optimal Performance bridges the gap from science to competition. Inigo Mujika tackles the critical issues of performance with ease and excellence."
Louise Burke, PhD, APD
Head of the department of sports nutrition
Australian Institute of Sport
Author of Practical Sports Nutrition